I'm doing three days in a row of middle school visits (today, Brown Middle School in Newton, tomorrow I'm at McCall Middle School for the Winchester Author Festival, after which I fly to San Antonio for day #3 at Leal Middle School and the TXLA conference). I'll try and post from Texas, but I wanted to share an excerpt from a thank-you note I received a few days ago from a seventh-grader in Rhode Island:
...You are an idol which many different people admire. Your work is similar to a gigantic river that consists of voluptuous chocolates. I extremely enjoyed your thrilling life-story ... the characteristics of your unique family members kept me on the edge of my seat ...Now that's why I write for middle-schoolers. I'll bet Jhumpa Lahiri never gets fan mail like that.